The kitchen is the gathering place and focal point in most homes. Because of this, it’s important to keep it tidy and inviting. With all the cooking, dishes, spills, and people, it can be overwhelming making sure it is in tip top shape! Daily maintenance is the key to keeping your kitchen clean and welcoming. We’ve come up with a concise list of ways to ensure your kitchen looks great and is ready for guests any day of the week.
Cleaning as you go is key for maintaining a clean kitchen. This technique is something to share with your family too. Keep in mind that cleaning as you go doesn’t just mean the countertops and food scrapings you collect while chopping veggies. Tackle what’s in the dishwasher or sink first, then begin cooking.
Keeping your counters clean is also a necessity in the kitchen. Wipe them down, as well as clear away all the clutter. Your counters don’t have to be dirty to look untidy; sometimes having too many knick knacks can give your kitchen a claustrophobic feeling. When you have clean countertops, your kitchen looks cleaner and bigger. This also helps when you have sleek and matching appliances. It gives your kitchen a balanced and stylish look.
Remember that everything has a place. It may be time to clean out your cupboards and make room for those bulky appliances on your countertops. Items in this category may include a bread maker, crock pot, mixer, or waffle maker. Unless the appliance is typically used every day, like a toaster or coffee pot, it’s best to make a place for it elsewhere, which then frees up counter space.
Spending a few moments every day to maintain your kitchen is an excellent habit to form. This could mean putting some dishes away, giving your floor a quick sweep, taking out the trash, wiping down a few appliances, or even washing a few cupboards. The more you do every day, the less you have to do when you deep clean.
Condensing is our final tip on keeping a clean kitchen. If you went through every drawer and cabinet in your kitchen, you’d likely find a lot that you don’t use or need. You probably own more spatulas and dishes than necessary. When you have the time, go through your entire kitchen and get rid of everything you never use. Eliminate all the food you aren’t eating, and finally, any odds and ends that have been collecting dust. Once you’ve done this, you will feel so much more organized. Your kitchen can once again be a place with smiles, instead of stress!